Free tax preparation program helps families achieve financial stability

Free Tax Services

(Rockford, Ill. - 01/20/2016) – Rockford-area residents with a household income of $62,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation services offered in collaboration with Goodwill of Northern Illinois. Tax centers are conveniently located throughout the Rockford region including mobile sites in Ellis Heights and Midtown neighborhoods, and Ogle County. IRS-certified volunteers through Goodwill's GoodTAXES program will prepare taxes at no cost.

Residents may schedule appointments now through April 15, 2016 at various locations by calling 815-987-6200.

Last year, nearly 2,400 tax returns were filed, resulting in $2.5 million in total refunds returned to the community. In total, over $425,000 in tax preparation fees were saved by individuals utilizing the free service and $882,732 in Earned Income Tax Credits returned to eligible families.


Tax Centers:

- Goodwill's Mission Services Center, 615 N. Longwood Street, Rockford, Ill.
- East High School (cafeteria), 2929 Charles Street, Rockford, Ill.
- Rock Valley College (Woodward Technology Center), 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, Ill.


Mobile Tax Centers include:

  • Crusader Clinic, 1100 Broadway, Rockford Ill.
    • February 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Crusader Clinic, 1200 West State Street, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • 8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House, 908 8th Avenue, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • March 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ellis Heights Strong Neighborhoods House, 312 Irving Avenue, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • March 31, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Flagg-Rochelle Public Library, 619 Fourth Avenue, Rochelle, Ill.
    • March 18, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • April 14, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The free tax assistance program with Goodwill of Northern Illinois is part of United Way of Rock River Valley's work in financial stability. The whole community benefits when more working families and individuals become financially stable because they are more likely to have access to quality health care, provide a good education for their children and contribute to their local economies.

For more information on dates, times and location of tax centers, please visit Goodwill of Northern Illinois or call 815-987-6200.


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.